Doctor cleared of killing two patients

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A GP accused of killing two patients by prescribing high doses of a painkiller between checking emails and cricket scores has been cleared of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court.

Rejendra Kokkarne was accused of causing the deaths of care home patients Beryl Barber, 78, and 86-year-old Eric Watson. They both died after being prescribed morphine sulphate by Dr Kokkarne over the phone.

Mrs Barber had been suffering from painful ulcers and Mr Watson had a urinary infection and mouth ulcers.

The court heard the patients were prescribed 10 times the normal starting dose.

Dr Kokkarne, 37, of Fulmar Way, Worksop, denied two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and told police he had made an mistake. He was acquitted on both counts by a jury after more than a day of deliberations.